Psychology of Cults: NXIVM

Hello,
This is my capstone paper for my Psychology of Cults course in which I have been assigned to present and analyze the cult/organization NXIVM (it most recently got taken down). I would like to also mention and focus on DOS, which was the secret women’s society within NXIVM that Keith Raniere created that stands for “Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions”, or “The Vow”. I have attached my professor’s instructions as well as resources I would like to be included. I would like to include information from the HBO Max series of The Vow as well which I have attached notes of quotes from the documentary series.
Resources:
1) The Vow (HBO Max television series) (I have notes of direct quotations and timelines)
2) Cults Faith, Healing, and Coercion by Marc Galanter Oxford University Press 1999 (ch. 1 The Charismatic Group p. 1-12, ch. 2 Group Cohesiveness p. 15, ch. 3 Shared Beliefs p. 35-36, ch. 4 Altered Consciousness p. 60, ch. 5 The Relief Effect p. 81-87 and ch. 6 The Cult as a Social System p 92-111)
3) Combatting Mind Control by Steve Hassan (Ch. 4 of Understanding Mind Control)
4) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/magazine/sex-cult-empowerment-nxivm-keith-raniere.html?auth=link-dismiss-google1tap

5) https://www.nytimes.com/article/nxivm-timeline.html
6)https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/the-making-of-the-vanguard
7)https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2019/05/15/keith-raniere-the-leader-of-the-nxivm-sex-cult/#5e41907635a9
(If you would like to add anymore credible sources, you may)
(I also have a powerpoint of class notes I can send explaining cult characteristics and social psychological principles operating within a group)
Professor’s Directions:
*Be sure to cite your sources throughout the paper, using APA format, and be sure that your references are complete and correct.
*In terms of content, your paper should provide the class with:
-A historical overview of the group-the background of the group.
-The background of the leader or leaders.
-The belief system espoused by the leader or leaders.
-The organization and practices of the group.
-Your analysis of the common cult characteristics at work, with specific explanations.
-Your analysis of the common cult characteristics that are not present.
-Your analysis of the social psychological principles operating within the group, either intentionally or as a consequence of the practices or philosophy.

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